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“Mamma Mia” is one of infamous songs from Swedish pop group ABBA. Released in September 1975, the track was written by band members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, with the group’s manager Stig Anderson being credited also. “Mamma Mia” was produced by Ulvaeus and Andersson. The song is the third track on the group’s self-titled third studio album, released in 1975.

“Mamma Mia” is a pop-rock song about endless and toxic romantic relationship, that the protagonist cannot seem to get out of. The term “Mamma Mia” is derived from Italian and is used to show surprise or shock.

The music video was released in 1975 and directed by Lasse Hallström. The video shows the group playing the song on their instruments, as well as singing directly to the camera. The group are in a plain white room and are often zoomed in on to show only their mouths. The music video was uploaded to YouTube in October 2009. As of late July 2020, the video has 201.6 million views and well over 775 thousand likes.

Release Date: September 1975

Songwriter/s: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus & Stig Anderson

Producer/s: Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus

Label/s: Polar (Denmark), Epic (UK), Atlantic (Canada, US), Carnaby (Spain), Polydor (Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland), RCA Victor (Australia) & Disques Vogue (Belgium)

Music Video Release Date: 1975

Music Video Director: Lasse Hallström

Chart Rankings & Certifications: In its year of release, “Mamma Mia” charted at #1 in Australia, #3 in Austria, #2 in Belgium, #18 and #11 on various charts in Canada; #13 on the Dutch Singles chart, #14 on the Finnish Singles chart, #1 in Germany, #1 in Ireland, #1 2 in New Zealand, #2 in Norway, #7 in South Africa, #1 in the UK, #32 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #12 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and #36 on the US Cashbox Top 100 chart. “Mamma Mia” is certified Gold in both Italy and the UK.

The lyrics to “Mamma Mia” can be read here: LINK

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